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Privacy Policy

Effective as of May 29, 2024

The protection of personal data is of particular importance to ESET, spol. s r. o., having its registered office at Einsteinova 24, 851 01 Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Business Registration Number: 31333532 as a Data Controller ("ESET" or "We"). We want to comply with the transparency requirement as legally standardized under the EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). To achieve this goal, We are publishing this Privacy Policy with the sole purpose of informing our customer ("End User" or "You") as a data subject about following personal data protection topics:

  • Legal Basis of Personal Data Processing,
  • Data Sharing and Confidentiality,
  • Data Security,
  • Your Rights as a Data Subject,
  • Processing of Your Personal Data,
  • Contact Information.

Legal Basis of Personal Data Processing

There are a few legal bases for data processing which We use according to the applicable legislative framework related to protection of personal data. The processing of personal data at ESET is mainly necessary for the performance of the Terms of Use ("Terms") with End User (Art. 6 (1) (b) GDPR), which is applicable for the provision of ESET products or services, unless explicitly stated otherwise, e.g.:

  • Legitimate interest legal basis (Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR), that enables us to process data on how our customers use our Services and their satisfaction to provide our users with the best protection, support and experience We can offer. Even marketing is recognized by applicable legislation as a legitimate interest, therefore We usually rely on it for marketing communication with our customers.
  • Consent (Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR), which We may request from You in specific situations when we deem this legal basis as the most suitable one or if it is required by law.
  • Compliance with a legal obligation (Art. 6 (1) (c) GDPR), e.g. stipulating requirements for electronic communication, retention for invoicing or billing documents.

Data Sharing and Confidentiality

We do not share your data with third parties. However, ESET is a company that operates globally through affiliated companies or partners as part of our sales, service and support network. Licensing, billing and technical support information processed by ESET may be transferred to and from affiliates or partners for the purpose of fulfilling the EULA, such as providing services or support.

ESET prefers to process its data in the European Union (EU). However, depending on your location (use of our products and/or services outside the EU) and/or the service you choose, it may be necessary to transfer your data to a country outside the EU. For example, we use third-party services in connection with cloud computing. In these cases, we carefully select our service providers and ensure an appropriate level of data protection through contractual as well as technical and organizational measures. As a rule, we agree on the EU standard contractual clauses, if necessary, with supplementary contractual regulations.

For some countries outside the EU, such as the United Kingdom and Switzerland, the EU has already determined a comparable level of data protection. Due to the comparable level of data protection, the transfer of data to these countries does not require any special authorization or agreement.

We rely on third-party services and collaborate with the external processors to provide our services related to cloud computing, billing, etc.

Data Security

ESET implements appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure a level of security which is appropriate to potential risks. We are doing our best to ensure the ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability and resilience of processing systems and services. However, in case of data breach resulting in a risk to your rights and freedoms, We are ready to notify the relevant supervisory authority as well as affected End Users as data subjects.

Data Subject’s Rights

The rights of every End User matter and We would like to inform you that all End Users (from any EU or any non-EU country) have the following rights guaranteed at ESET. To exercise your data subject’s rights, you can contact us via support form or by e-mail at dpo@eset.sk. For identification purposes, we ask you for the following information: Name, e-mail address and - if available - license key or customer number and company affiliation. Please refrain from sending us any other personal data, such as the date of birth. We would like to point out that to be able to process your request, as well as for identification purposes, we will process your personal data.

Right to Withdraw the Consent. Right to withdraw the consent is applicable in case of processing based on consent only. If We process your personal data on the basis of your consent, you have the right to withdraw the consent at any time without giving reasons. The withdrawal of your consent is only effective for the future and does not affect the legality of the data processed before the withdrawal.

Right to Object. Right to object the processing is applicable in case of processing based on the legitimate interest of ESET or third party. If We process your personal data to protect a legitimate interest, You as the data subject have the right to object to the legitimate interest named by us and the processing of your personal data at any time. Your objection is only effective for the future and does not affect the lawfulness of the data processed before the objection. If we process your personal data for direct marketing purposes, it is not necessary to give reasons for your objection. This also applies to profiling, insofar as it is connected with such direct marketing. In all other cases, we ask you to briefly inform us about your complaints against the legitimate interest of ESET to process your personal data.

Please note that in some cases, despite your consent withdrawal or your objection processing, we are entitled to further process your personal data on the basis of another legal basis, for example, for the performance of a contract.

Right of Access. As a data subject, you have the right to obtain information about your data stored by ESET free of charge at any time.

Right to Rectification. If we inadvertently process incorrect personal data about you, you have the right to have this corrected.

Right to Erasure. As a data subject, you have the right to request the deletion or restriction of the processing of your personal data. If we process your personal data, for example, with your consent, you withdraw it and there is no other legal basis, for example, a contract, We delete your personal data immediately. Your personal data will also be deleted as soon as they are no longer required for the purposes stated for them at the end of our retention period.

Right to Restriction of Processing. If we use your personal data for the sole purpose of direct marketing and you have revoked your consent or objected to the underlying legitimate interest of ESET, We will restrict the processing of your personal data to the extent that we include your contact data in our internal black list in order to avoid unsolicited contact. Otherwise, your personal data will be deleted.

Please note that We may be required to store your data until the expiry of the retention obligations and periods issued by the legislator or supervisory authorities. Retention obligations and periods may also result from the Slovak legislation. Thereafter, the corresponding data will be routinely deleted.

Right to Data Portability. We are happy to provide You, as a data subject, with the personal data processed by ESET in the xls format.

Right to Lodge a Complaint. As a data subject, You have a right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority at any time. ESET is subject to the regulation of Slovak laws and We are bound by data protection legislation as part of the European Union. The relevant data supervisory authority is The Office for Personal Data Protection of the Slovak Republic, located at Hraničná 12, 82007 Bratislava 27, Slovak Republic.

Processing of Your Personal Data

Services provided by ESET implemented in our web-based product are provided under the Terms of Use ("Terms"), but some of them might require specific attention. We would like to provide You with more details on data processing connected with the provision of our products and services. We render various services described in the Terms and the product documentation. To make it all work, We need to collect the following information:

ESET as a Processor

  • Monitored Endpoint Devices and Network. ESET Inspect collects and processes data from monitored endpoint devices and network and sends them to the cloud console. As it is an extended detection and response (XDR) product type used for detailed monitoring and anomaly detection, on the endpoints on which it is deployed, it collects information on activities and operating system events including information about all executable modules found on the computer, low level events like process creations, file modifications, registry modifications, network connections and all found threats (malware, PUAs, blocked webpages, etc.). Please note that processed data may contain privacy sensitive information like the names of all modified files, the command lines for all processes and the URLs of all visited pages.
  • ESET Inspect contains certain predefined monitoring rules, however, the extend of monitoring that is actually being performed in your infrastructure as well as the exact data being collected depends on rules, exclusions and settings managed by You and your administrators. We will therefore process such data as your data processor based on Data Processing Agreement that forms part of the Terms and only to provide you with our services. We will store these data for a limited time period in accordance with our Logs Retention Policy.
  • ESET AI Advisor. If you decide to utilize the ESET AI Advisor for addressing queries related to detected incidents, your query, along with relevant data from monitored endpoint devices and network information processed in ESET Inspect, will be transmitted to our generative AI solution running on our private cloud in Azure. Only the essential data required to address your query will be shared with the AI solution, and it will be processed exclusively to deliver the requested service. ESET manages the AI solution, ensuring that your data remains within our control and is not processed by third parties. Please note, as mentioned above, that processed data may contain privacy sensitive information.
  • We encourage You to check and review the legislation and legal requirements for data collection and processing in your country while setting up ESET Inspect. You might be required to notify users of monitored endpoint devices or ask for specific permission under certain jurisdictions to perform monitoring activities.

ESET as a Controller

  • Licensing and Billing Data. The name, email address, license key and (if applicable) address, company affiliation and payment data are collected and processed by ESET in order to facilitate the activation of license, license key delivery, reminders on expiration, support requests, license genuineness verification, provision of our services and other notifications including marketing messages in line with applicable legislation or your consent. ESET is legally obliged to keep the billing information for the period of 10 years, however the licensing information will be anonymized no later than 12 months after the expiration of license.
  • Data Enabling Proper Product Functioning. Other processed information may include information concerning installation process, including platform on which our product is installed and information about the operations and functionality of our products or managed devices, such as hardware fingerprint, installation IDs, license IDs, IP address, MAC address, used email addresses or configuration settings of product.
  • Statistical data and Telemetry Data. To enhance security of our infrastructure and to maintain and improve our services, telemetry information concerning usage of our services need to be processed. They are processed on aggregated level only and include data such as database performance, health statistics, numbers of managed endpoints, endpoint system Operating System, system hardware, system errors, policies, logins, tasks, notifications, managed devices, detections statistics, event processing rates, rule engine statistics, exclusions, etc. as well as HTTP headers.
  • Technical Support. The contact and licensing information and data contained in your support requests may be required for service of support. Based on the channel You choose to contact us, We may collect your email address, phone number, license information, product details and description of your support case. You may be asked to provide us with other information to facilitate service of support. The data processed for technical support is stored for 4 years.

Please note that if the person using our products and services is not the End User who has purchased the product or service and concluded the Terms with Us, (e.g. an employee of the End User, a family member or a person otherwise authorized to use the product or service by the End User in compliance with Terms, the processing of the data is carried out in the legitimate interest of ESET within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) f) GDPR to enable the user authorized by End User to use the products and services provided by Us in accordance with Terms.

Contact Information

If You would like to exercise your right as a data subject or You have a question or concern, send us a message at:

ESET, spol. s r.o.
Data Protection Officer
Einsteinova 24
85101 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
dpo@eset.sk